Friday, July 08, 2005

Monkey see, monkey do.

Click on just about anyone over there in the right hand navigation and they've all beat me to this.

10 years ago: First and foremost, I was skinny. Taking summer school classes, about to start my second year in college. I would assume that by now I'd changed my degree from nursing to political science, due to the fact that I found a "home" in arguing non-stop with my professors. That, and, bad smells are a big problem for me. I would have been dating the guy I dated for about three years and lived with in college. I was likely partying and drinking quite a bit, as well as finding a way out of living in the dorms. Man, was I skinny back then.

5 years ago: This is really hard. I had to consult my resume to find out what I was doing at this time professionally, and I can only take a stab at what was going on in my personal life. Four months earlier, I started my new job at the agency, working very long hours in a very creative and challenging work environment which I needed in a bad way -- I'd just lost my father and was dating and living with an alcoholic boyfriend. Work was a The Great Escape for me. Spent a lot of time wondering what the fuck I was doing with my life during this year. The bright, shining stars of this year - John Bailey and Emma T.

1 year ago: I was building a house in Juarez, Mexico and finding every excuse I could to spend time with and be close to Todd Luckey. I was falling in love with a younger man at the speed of light and never looking back. While that was the highlight of my week, I was spending every night of this week shoving earplugs into my ears so that I could sleep over the snoring, attempting to sleep on a thin mattress that sat right outside the door of a bathroom with no plumbing (dirty toilet paper in the trash can nearby), and getting up every morning and running outside the mission so that I could put my head between my legs and talk myself out of vomiting from the terrible smells in our quarters. Also, on this day, I was counting the days since the last time I went "number 2". I was up to 4 at this point and miserable because of it.

Yesterday: Work. Last night, Todd and I hung our shades and finished the wedding invitations. I also ate a delicious black bean burger at Chili's.

Today: Work. I mailed (most of) the wedding invitations this morning and helped cut up vegetables for our company July 4 (on July 8) cookout. Otherwise I've been working, reading these things on other people's blogs, and blowing my nose.

Tomorrow: Church wedding shower at 1:00. I have no idea what the rest of the day holds, and I'm happy for that. "No plans" and "nothing to do" are two of my favorite phrases lately.

5 snacks I enjoy: Twix, hummus, crunchy things. Mmmmmmm, and Twix.

5 bands that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs: Sting, Bob Schneider, Damien Rice, Janet Jackson (from back in the day). Perhaps some NKOTB.

5 things I would do with $100,000,000: First, like everyone else I'd pay off my debt, my family's debt, and then quit my job. I'd have someone invest some of the money (in an effort to "live on it"), I'd donate to a laundry list of charities, then I'd (selfishly) travel the world and (hopefully unselfishly) work for The Man, JC -- helping people less fortunate than myself.

5 locations I'd like to run away to: Anywhere, really. My only requirements are water, sun, sand, and a place to wash that sand off my body.

5 bad habits I have: Finishing other people's sentences, (very inconspicuously) signing (ASL) the first letter of each word of someone's conversation with me when I am bored with the topic-at-hand, thinking about what I'd do if I won the lotto, nail biting.

5 things I like doing: Finishing other people's sentences, signing the first letter...just kidding. I love to spend time alone with my fiance (rare occasion) read, debate/discuss, and watch movies. I also like hanging out with my youth group kids and my family.

5 things I would never wear: Go buy a Us, People, or In Touch magazine. All those things you see those chicks wearing -- I would never wear.

5 TV shows I like: The Daily Show, Chapelle Show, Reno 911, Southpark, Everwood.

5 movies I like: Garden State, Old School, Airplane!, I never can think of these, especially when there are so many.

5 famous people I'd like to meet: I'd like to hang out one night with Will Ferrell, Jon Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, and Tracy Ullman. Although there are tons of people I'd like to meet.

5 biggest joys at the moment: The fact that it's Friday, the fact that I have no commitments tonight, my right nostril is clear, only 2.5 more hours of work, and I remembered to take my skirt to the dry cleaners this morning.

5 favorite toys: Like from when I was a kid? I have no idea. I had one Barbie, but I cut all her hair off and colored her head with a paint pen. Then I cried all night because I knew that hair wouldn't grow back. I did have some of those Cabbage Patch Kids, I liked those. I remember my grandmother showing us how to make coffins with popsicle sticks for Mathew's G.I. Joe's. We also played cars a lot. And I loved Legos.

5 people to tag: I think I'm last on the list.

Blinds for the blind.

I don't know if it's allergies or what, but I feel snotty today. I am never in a good mood when I feel like this. If I weren't so swamped at work I'd be home in bed. But I'll keep blowing my nose today and will crawl into bed as soon as I hit the door tonight.

Speaking of crawling into bed, Todd hung our shades last night. We got those Roman style bamboo shades for the bedroom and the living room. They were a necessity for a few reasons. One, I was developing a vitamin D toxicity from all the sunlight that shines into the rooms in the morning and afternoon. Normally I love sunshine, but when it wakes you up at 6:00 am every morning and your dog doesn't even need to go out yet and you can't go back to sleep, you need some shades. Two, I've noticed when I take Jack out to potty in the evenings you can see right up into my bedroom from outside -- mini blinds suck that way. Regardless of how you turn them, you can see up in there. So we needed some cover. Three -- they just look cool. And unfortunately the photo on the right just doesn't do them justice. Home Depot, kids. Rock and roll.

I got my contacts in yesterday. I've never ordered them online, but I did this time. I noticed while I was ordering them that:
1. They don't make contacts any stronger than the ones that I wear, if my vision gets worse, I'm S.O.L. The dropdown box only goes so far, and that's where I am.
2. I wear the most expensive contacts on the market.
3. I am blind, blind, blind. And it sucks, sucks, sucks. Not a candidate for any surgery, so I'm stuck like Chuck.

That's it for now. Back to work, my list is growing and growing and growing. Not enough checkboxes on it yet.